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Tollishill Dod,homestead 250m SSW of

A Scheduled Monument in Leaderdale and Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8062 / 55°48'22"N

Longitude: -2.7642 / 2°45'51"W

OS Eastings: 352195

OS Northings: 657260

OS Grid: NT521572

Mapcode National: GBR 9149.BG

Mapcode Global: WH7VQ.HBX6

Entry Name: Tollishill Dod,homestead 250m SSW of

Scheduled Date: 23 December 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4616

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: scooped homestead

Location: Lauder

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Traditional County: Berwickshire

Description

The monument is a scooped homestead of the Iron Age situated on the S slope of Tollishill Dod, in rough pasture, above a steep slope to the Dod Cleugh. The site is a circular platform cut into the hillside and enclosed by a low bank. The bank survives to less than 0.5m high and has an entrance to the W. To the N of the enclosure (uphill) there is a shallow ditch. The monument measures c 40m (E-W) x 35m transversely overall. The area to be proposed for scheduling includes the homestead and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its use will survive. This area respects the shape of the monument and measures 60m (E-W) x 55m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of an Iron Age scooped homestead which has the potential to enhance our understanding of this type of monument. Its importance is increased by the proximity of several other sites of similar date which, taken together, have the potential to greatly increased our understanding of the settlement, economy and development of the landscape in the Iron Age in this area.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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RCAHMS records the site as NT 55 NW 3.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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